An extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Chiefs of Defense Staff of the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be held in Accra from Thursday 5 to Friday 6 Mayin order to analyze the security situation, announced this Wednesday the sub-regional organization in a press release.

The bosses of the armies of the region will evaluate the implementation of the recommendations resulting from their session held in Abidjan from November 17 to 19, 2021. Indeed, it was at the end of this meeting that it was decided to strengthen the logistical capacities of the armed forces of countries confronted with terrorism and increase joint operations against jihadist groups in the Sahel. Operations have recently been conducted between Niger and Mali, and between Burkina Faso and Niger.

In accordance with the instructions of Heads of State, the Committee of Chiefs of Staff will make proposals concerning the financial support of the ECOWAS Commission for the organization of the joint operation between Benin, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo. It is a question of avoiding at all costs the metastasis of terrorism to all the countries of the region.

During their work, the members of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defense will discuss the priorities for operational and logistical support, and the methods of allocating these capacities to the States concerned.

The Committee of Chiefs of Staff is an institutional body of ECOWAS responsible for the prevention and management of conflicts in the region. It brings together all the chiefs of the armies of the fifteen Member States of the Organization.